Baby & Toddler
Reducing the chances of Obesity in children and toddlers
Child obesity is becoming a world pandemic and it is a direct result of bad eating habits. It’s important that we educate ourselves and help our children develop healthy eating habits from very early on.
High protein intake early in life has been associated with obesity later in life. • Breast milk contains natural low amounts of protein, which match the growth and developmental requirement of the baby whereas standard infant formula contains high protein.
If your child is not breastfeeding when they start solids it’s important to switch to low protein formula options. This will largely reduce the risk of obesity later in life. You need to pay special attention tooth’s risk if the mother and father have a history of obesity. This increases the chance of obesity in the child and as a result, also multiplies health risks. It is important to watch children’s weight because too much of it has been correlated with an increase in the risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes to name a few.
Here’s what you can do to help build healthy diet habits for your child and the whole family in the long-term,
Introduce small changes that make a big difference to your family’s diet
- Include a lot of vegetables, fruits, and whole-grain products.
- Buy lean protein like poultry, fish, lentils, and beans.
- Weigh all your portions to keep size in check
- Encourage them to drink plenty of water – ideally only water
Choose Lower Calorie Treats
Treats are fine in small amounts, but replacing high-fat and high-sugar or very salty snacks can also help your children develop healthy eating habits in the long run.
Make sure your kids are physically active.
By keeping your children and yourselves active as parents, you can improve the overall health of the whole family. Exercise can…
- Strengthen your bones
- Reducing stress
- Increasing self-esteem
- Helping manage weight
- Make you happier
Let your child choose how they want to be active. Since it requires long-term commitment it will become a struggle if you make their choices for them and they will give up later.
Lead by example because it is the only way this will get engrained in them as adults. Make sure you also explain how sitting for too long effects their health negatively.
Once your child has reached their ideal healthy weight, make sure that they retain a healthy lifestyle. Losing too much can also be a problem and you want the target to be health and balance, not unattainable beauty standards.